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Tai Chi Classes Beginning August 2017 in Norfolk

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department is pleased to announce that two Tai Chi classes are set to begin in Norfolk during August. Tai Chi classes are a great way for seniors to improve strength, flexibility and balance.

The first class series will take place on Mondays & Wednesdays from 4pm to 5pm beginning August 21st at the Norfolk Senior Center and will last for 12 weeks. The second class series will take place on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9am to 10am beginning August 22nd at the Norfolk First United Methodist Church and will last for 12 weeks. Mary Wakeley will be the instructor for each of the classes.

Tai Chi puts minimal stress on joints, is generally safe for people of all ages, and is very beneficial for those sixty years of age or older.  Outcomes from past classes show that 85% of the participants improved their Timed Up and Go (TUG) mobility and fall risk test score from the first to the final class.

Please call the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department at 402-529-2233 for more information about Tai Chi or to register to attend either of the Tai Chi classes.

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ELVPHD Investigating Salmonella Outbreak

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department, along with Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, is investigating an outbreak of salmonella in West Point. To date, there have been 15 confirmed cases and 6 probable cases. ELVPHD and DHHS are working to identify the source of the outbreak and make sure the risk is eliminated.


Salmonella is caused by a bacteria that lives in the intestinal tracts of humans and animals. It is usually spread to humans by eating contaminated food, including beef, poultry, milk, eggs, or vegetables. Thorough cooking kills salmonella. Although a cause has not yet been identified, thorough hand-washing with soap and warm water for 60 seconds before handling or eating food and after using the bathroom is always recommended.


Symptoms of salmonella include fever, diarrhea and stomach cramps. The illness usually lasts 4-7 days. Anyone experiencing symptoms consistent with Salmonella should contact their doctor for recommendations on testing and treatment.


ELVPHD will share updates as more information becomes available.

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ELVPHD seeks Registered Nurse or LPN

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department seeks a full-time nurse to work during traditional Monday-Friday office hours with occasional weekend and evenings.

Current nursing license required. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and outgoing with excellent project coordination skills. Duties include varied nursing and health education functions in the office and in the community. Bi-lingual strongly preferred. Excellent benefits package.


This position will work mostly from ELVPHD’s Norfolk office. Send resume and cover letter to ELVPHD, Attn: Office Manager, Box 779, Wisner, NE  68791 or email to: Resumes must be postmarked by August 16, 2017 to be considered.

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Popsicles for a Poke childhood immunization event

Monday, July 31, 2017

Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department (ELVPHD), Midtown Health Center and WellCare of Nebraska is hosting “Popsicles for a Poke” immunization / vaccine event on Wednesday, 8/9/17 from 10am to 1pm at the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health / Midtown Health Center (302 W. Phillip Ave.) office.

Bring your child in for immunizations and they will receive a free popsicle and a small prize! Childhood immunizations for both privately insured (most major insurance companies accepted), Heritage Health / Medicaid, and uninsured will be provided.  The parent or guardian must be present as well as a current copy of the child’s immunization record along with the insurance or Heritage Health / Medicaid card if applicable.

For more information, please call Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health at 402-529-2233.

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Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department Honored for Excellence in Public Health

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department was honored with the Model Practice Award at the 2017 Annual Conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The award celebrates local health departments for making programs continue reading


Friday, July 7, 2017

Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department will hold its Board of Health meeting on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 2104 21st Circle, Wisner, Nebraska beginning at 4:30 p.m.  The meeting agenda, which shall be kept continuously current, shall be available for public inspection during normal business hours at the above address.  Once the minutes of the Board of Directors are approved, they will be made available for public viewing upon request at ELVPHD.

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Stepping On program to help reduce falls

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department (ELVPHD) is excited to announce a new Stepping On class series is to begin in June 2017. Stepping On is an evidence-based program and studies have shown that the fall rate among Stepping On participants was reduced about 30 percent compared with those who did not participate in the program.  Preventing falls in people 65 and older is important to helping seniors live independently. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nationally one in three adults aged 65 and older falls each year and 2 million are treated for fall-related injuries in the emergency room.  Research shows that of those that fall each year, less than half tell their doctor and falling one time doubles the chances of having a future fall. Within the ELVPHD health district, about 1 in 4 (22.7%) people aged 45 and over had fallen in the past year according to the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data compared to 26.1% for the State of Nebraska overall. Many falls can be prevented and programs such as Stepping On gives seniors the tools they need to reduce their chance of falling.

The class is open to the public will meet each Thursday (June 15th – July 27th

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Elkhorn Logan Valley
Public Health Department
2104 21st Circle / PO Box 779, Wisner, NE 68791
Phone: 402.529.2233  - or -  877.379.4400
Fax: 402.529.2211
After Hours: 402.841.8110